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These cute concrete planters are an adorable addition to any home or garden! The molds are made of recyclable materials and concrete mix is very inexpensive to buy. You can switch up the plants in these planters to give these little guys a fresh new 'do.

 
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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

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To make the mold, you will need:

  • Plastic pop bottle
  • Marker
  • Scissors and utility knife
  • Tape
  • Drinking straw
  • Cooking spray or petroleum jelly (as a mold release)

To mix and cast concrete, you will need:

  • Concrete mix
  • Safety gear: gloves, mask, safety glasses
  • Container for mixing
  • Water
  • Something to mix with (eg. garden trowel)

To add the finishing touches, you will need:

  • Concrete paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Coconut fiber or potting soil
  • Plants

Step 2: Cut Pieces For Your Mold

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You will want to use the upper portion of the plastic pop bottle. Mark where you want your cutting lines to be on your bottle. (Tip for drawing perfectly straight lines: Use a metal clip to hold on to your marker and stick the clip to a magnet on your refrigerator. Then place your bottle so that it is touching the fridge and position the marker so that it is in contact with the bottle. Rotate the bottle all the way around so that you have drawn a line all the way around the bottle.)

To cut the bottle, I first used a utility knife to make a puncture and then I continued with scissors. Once the dome part is cut out, you can work on the inner cavity. You will need to cut a strip from the bottle that is about a half an inch shallower than the dome part

Step 3: Assemble Your Mold

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Roll up the strip of cut plastic and place it in the opening at the top of the dome. Let the strip unroll so that it forms a cylinder the same size as the opening. Tape it in place.

Use tape to close the inner tube cylinder at the end that is closest to the large end of the dome. Make a hole in the tape and stick a straw through to make a drain hole.

Coat the mold with cooking spray or petroleum jelly to help the concrete release.

Step 4: Mix & Cast Concrete

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I used about 4 pounds of mix for 3 planters and used the amount of water suggested by the instructions. I mixed it in a plastic bucket with a garden trowel. I added the mix to the mold, a little bit at a time, while tapping the mold to try to prevent air pockets. Remember to wear your gloves, mask, and safety glasses!

I cured the concrete for the amount of time the instructions suggested for warmer weather. During this time, I tried to keep the concrete moist. After I removed the concrete from the molds, I soaked the planters in water and vinegar overnight to try and neutralize the concrete.

The bottom of my planters were not completely level, so I sanded them down using a bit of sand and a plank of wood.

Step 5: Finish

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Paint on a face with paint suitable paint for concrete.

Fill the planter with coconut fiber or potting soil and add a plant hairdo.

Done!

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Hariskal17 days ago

The things someone can do with concrete are amazing. I recently tried something like this and uloaded an instructable. I went for a bigger planter though.

ANDRE LUISR2 months ago

Very Good!

domenic32 months ago

cute :)

:D sooooo cute!!
poofrabbit3 months ago

Congratulations on being a finalist in the Concrete and
casting contest! Best of luck to you!

csegura24 months ago

love these happy face cement planters

smori (author)  csegura24 months ago

Thanks! :)

What happy faces, and your choice of 'do' is very cute.

smori (author)  mastersoncraft4 months ago

Thank you!

QueenieCH4 months ago

ha ha ~good!

smori (author)  QueenieCH4 months ago

Thanks!

ksashikumar4 months ago

Awesome Cute ..

smori (author)  ksashikumar4 months ago

Thanks!

Eh Lie Us!4 months ago

Really nice.

smori (author)  Eh Lie Us!4 months ago

Thank you!

darklotus4 months ago

These are gorgeous! Kids of all ages will love these and I'm definitely going to make some as presents for a couple of little kids (and a few big kids) in the family. I know they'll be chuffed! Thanks for this instructable!

smori (author)  darklotus4 months ago

Thank you for your comment! I'd love to see how they turn out.

aswaha yah4 months ago
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smori (author)  aswaha yah4 months ago

Thank you!

capricorn4 months ago

So sweet, thaks for sharing :)

smori (author)  capricorn4 months ago

Thank you :)

wonderbrett4 months ago
Oddish?!
askjerry4 months ago

One suggestion, try making them out of hypertufa so they will be lighter, and drain better. My wife makes hypertufa pots all the time... they work great.

smori (author)  askjerry4 months ago

Thank you for the suggestion. I will look into that.

proxyous4 months ago

I am the manager of an apartment complex we have a playground and i was thinking of putting these around it. What do you all think about that

smori (author)  proxyous4 months ago

The kids will love them!

These would be really nice around the complex.

What about using larger bottles or buckets? wander the aisles of your local hardware store and see what would be a good shape.

DIYfan proxyous4 months ago

Definitely a fun idea, kids will love it and parents will chuckle.

jazzdroid4 months ago

may I know what is the name of the plant?

smori (author)  jazzdroid4 months ago

It's a type of Sempervivum. It's more commonly known as hen and chicks.

bofarr4 months ago

Awesome!

smori (author)  bofarr4 months ago

Thanks!

Passion Make4 months ago

Looks so cute :)

smori (author)  Passion Make4 months ago

Thank you!

mojoatomic4 months ago

Kawaii! Love these!

smori (author)  mojoatomic4 months ago

Thank you!

I think the cuteness factor is directly proportional to what is planted inside... nah, pretty much anything that gets planted in these things would be cute!

smori (author)  crispernakisan4 months ago

Thanks!

deba1684 months ago

Its beautiful..Thanks for sharing :)

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